Sunday, 04 December 2022
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


What happened when a cat met a drone on the streets of Dubrovnik...well the cat won! This video was taken in front of the St. Ignatius Church in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik.

A drone had landed on the steps of the church and a curious local cat approached the flying machine. After realising that the drone had no scent the cat became more curious and started prodding the drone with its paw.

Watch the video to see what happened next...Cat vs. Drone.

Drinking coffee in Dubrovnik is not a question of gulping down as quickly as possible, forget your coffee to go, this is coffee to stay. There is no rush, enjoy your drink in peace; the coffee culture of Dubrovnik is a way of life. Locals drink coffee like a fish drinks water.

Unlike many bars, pubs and cafés that you might be used to back home you don’t, I repeat don’t have to pay for your coffee, or any other drink, when you order it. The waiter/waitress will take your order, and yes all of then speak great English, and return with both your drinks and the bill.

Now one of the biggest complaints that we hear from tourists is the fact that the coffee is either a – cold or b – too small. Here are a few tips to avoid these situations, although never expect those barrel sized cups that brand name coffee shops sell in major cities. Firstly order hot milk with your coffee, the waiters hear this often so don’t be shy. And secondly ask for a white coffee, there is normally plenty of choice on the menu but many of them come in espresso sized cups.

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Drink up in peace and at your own leisure, no rush like I’ve already mentioned, and when you’ve finished ask to pay. If you fancy another drink then just order, you don’t have to pay for the first drinks until you finished everything. And whilst we are on the price, of course there is a huge difference in price depending on where you want to drink your beverage. If you want to sit in the middle of the Old City, maybe on the Stradun, then you could be paying twice as much than a café further out of the centre, just as you would in any tourist destination or major city. For example a white coffee on the Stradun will be 20 Kunas plus, whilst on the back streets it will be around 10 Kunas.

It is also normal for a glass of tap water to come with your coffee, if it doesn’t then ask, and don’t be fobbed off with the waiter saying that they only have bottled water, that’s a tourist trap. The main point is to take your time; you are on holiday after all.


The cranes of the Pula dockyard turned green last night in a mark of respect to the Global Greening campaign. On the occasion of St Patrick's Day the huge cranes that dominate the Pula skyline were lit green.

Pula and the local office of the Croatian National Tourism Board decided to take part in this campaign following the proposal from the Irish Ambassador Tim Harrington.

Some other cities worldwide that take part in the Global Greening initiative are Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, New York or Munich whose landmarks such as the Colosseum, Christ the Redeemer statue, or the Opera House go green on 17 March, the day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, whose poetic name is Emerald Isle.

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Photos - Goran Sebelic / CROPIX

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The final weekend before the Easter weekend and Dubrovnik is getting in the spirit. These new decorations have appeared, almost overnight, today on the Stradun in the heart of the historic Old City.

Easter bunnies, chick and a rather decorative basket full of Easter Eggs can be seen in this photo sent to us by a reader of The Dubrovnik Times. Get yourselves along to the Old City of Dubrovnik and join in the Easter celebrations.

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Easter decorations in Dubrovnik 

If you are a lover of oysters then Ston is the destination to be this weekend. On Saturday the 19th of March this charming seaside town will once again be hosting their Festival of Oysters.

The bay of Mali Ston is famous all over the world for the quality of its oysters. Clean seas offer the bay of Ston the ideal conditions for growing high quality oysters. And this Saturday in Ston guests to the festival will have the opportunity to taste some of these fine oysters.

Starting from 11am on the 19th of March on the waterfront in Ston the festival will begin. And you will have the chance to try some fine wines from the Peljesac peninsular along with nature’s aphrodisiac. Mussels and other delicacies from the Adriatic Sea will also be on offer.

A new website has been launched that brings all of the national parks of Croatia under one click. All of the country’s eight national parks, as well as eleven nature parks, are featured on the new website and it is sure to be a useful resource for tourists.

With panoramic photos, information on tickets, virtual tours and fun facts the newly launched website is available in four languages, Croatian, English, German and Italian.

Two of Dubrovnik’s nature gems are featured on the site, the Mljet National Park and the Lastovo archipelago. There are also the national parks of Plitvice lakes, Kornati, Velebit and Krka.

Irina Zupan, the Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, commented that “Visitors will now for the first time have in one place all the information about the nature and national parks in Croatia.” She added that the main goal was to raise public awareness on the important of protecting these areas of natural beauty.

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The results of the first Great Easter competition with The Dubrovnik Times in cooperation with the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera are in! Using the hash tag #sheratondubrovniktimes photos of Dubrovnik and the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera were sent via the social media sites of The Dubrovnik Times and in a tough competition two photos were chosen as the winners.

The prize of a Sweet Afternoon at the Sheraton was originally planned to have only one winner but as a statement from HUP Zagreb, the group that owns the Sheraton Dubrovnik, said “Since all the photos were great and we simply couldn't decide for just one, we've picked two winners.”

Thanks for all your entries and keep following The Dubrovnik Times for the next Great Easter Competition.

The first winner is “kabrcic” with her aerial view of the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera.

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And the second winner was Selma Shah with her atmospheric view of Dubrovnik.

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Star Wars is saying goodbye to Dubrovnik. The filming of the eighth episode of Star Wars in Dubrovnik ended yesterday and slowly the sets around the city are being packed up to be shipped. The sets on the main street through the old city, the Stradun, which was the centre of the filming is being dismantled today. The street was the scene of spaceships crashes and explosions throughout the filming from the 9th to the 16th of March.


The futuristic scenes that have been installed onto the historic old facades are being boxed up and now we wait to see Dubrovnik star on the big screens when Star Wars VIII is released on the 15th of December 2017. It is speculated that around two minutes of actual film was recorded on each day of the Dubrovnik filming, which would mean that the city could have between ten and fifteen minutes in the final version.

In spite of the high levels of security surrounding the filming many photos and videos of the filming were leaked to the media. The UK press has been full of exclusive photos taken on the set, great publicity for Dubrovnik on an international level.



Apart from the Stradun the Star Wars crew also used five other locations around the Old City as well as filming on a ship in front of the city. The big names, such as Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, from the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, didn’t turn up in Dubrovnik. Instead their parts in the Star Wars VIII were acted out by body doubles, presumably due to the large number of stunts that were carried out in the Dubrovnik filming.

Check out our photo gallery by Niksa Duper 


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